Monthly Archives: November 2007

Treat your Tastebuds in Mendoza

Altus Table SettingHere are some amazing dining options in Mendoza.

Bistro La Tupiña in the Altus Bodega – This is my favorite for lunch. It’s in Tupungato so you can see that beautiful valley and the stunning Andes. The entire dining experience is unique. You´re greeted near the open oven by the chef who mingles with the guests and explains that every ingredient is from the valley. The lunch begins with tapas and white wine, then moves on to the dinning room where we had a stew (locro), then a meat course (chivito-baby goat) with vegetables, and an amazing dessert. Each course is served with a different Altus wine. There are tables inside and outside. The whole lunch took about four hours.

  •  La Sal – Unbelievable steak, live music (but not loud), beautiful decor, yummy desserts, great wine list.
  • 1884 – I had the best chivito of my life here. The place is gorgeous and the menu is filled with local flavors done imaginatively. We also had an pears, prosciutto, and parmesan shavings dressed with olive oil and herbs that was scrumptious.
  • Azafran is just around the corner from La Sal. We couldn’t get a seat without a reservation. The place was packed. It looked delicious. Maybe next time.
  • Club Tapiz – Lots of people have recommended Club Tapiz. I haven’t eaten there, but it’s on my list.
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Mendoza for Easter? Looking for a room….

ChacrasSome friends are planning a trip to Buenos Aires in March and want to go to Mendoza for Semana Santa (Easter week). I put together a list of hotels in Mendoza for them to consider . But since it’s also harvest season and just after the harvest festival–La Vendimia, maybe we need to book now.
I’ve started putting together a few lists for my friends. And just in case you might be planning a trip to Mendoza at Easter, here are some of the results of my research. The hotels listed below are mostly outside of the city of Mendoza. There are two main areas with wineries (bodegas) and boutique-type hotels: Chacras de Coria and Tupungato.    Chacras de Coria is a beautiful little town in Lujan de Cuyo near the Maipu valley (sort of the Napa Valley of Mendoza). It’s picturesque and there are some fantastic restaurants in town. Also, it’s much closer to the city of Mendoza so driving in at night to try some of the restaurants in the city would be easier from here than from Tupungato. And there are more wineries in this area.

Tupungato is more rustic in terms of accommodations and restaurants, but more majestic in terms of beauty. It’s further away (in the Valle de Uco) and less crowded. The mountains are gorgeous. It’s much higher up than Chacras and the places here feel more gaucho-like. It’s a different sort of experience. It’s the difference between Aspen, Telluride and Crested Butte: Mendoza being Aspen, Chacras being Telluride, and Tupungato being Crested Butte.

Tupungato

Hotels near the City of Mendoza:

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Spring in Buenos Aires

Obelisk with Jacaranda

It’s spring in Buenos Aires. That means purple plazas and polo matches. Jacarandas cover the city as people head out to enjoy the warming weather. Soon it will be warm enough for sunbathing in the parks–always a favorite time for me seeing as I moved here from Cairo.

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